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September 2022

Pioneering Neurosurgery: First Mini-Pterional Craniotomy at John Muir Walnut Creek

By Practice News
Benjamin Yim, MD - Neurosurgeon

We are delighted to announce another significant accomplishment at our practice. Dr. Benjamin Yim recently performed the first mini-pterional craniotomy at John Muir Walnut Creek, marking a new chapter in the innovative neurosurgical procedures available in Northern California. This advanced technique was employed for the successful clipping of an unruptured aneurysm, enhancing the patient’s prognosis and overall well-being.

The mini-pterional craniotomy represents a less invasive alternative to the traditional pterional craniotomy. It stands out particularly due to the size of the incision needed. While a standard pterional craniotomy typically involves a 10 to 15 cm incision, Dr. Yim’s mini-pterional craniotomy necessitates just a 4 cm cut.

From a patient’s perspective, this difference brings about several substantial benefits:

  1. Smaller Incision: The resulting scar from a mini-pterional craniotomy is considerably smaller, leading to a more pleasing aesthetic result.
  2. Less Invasive: This method minimizes brain retraction, which can reduce postoperative discomfort and accelerate the recovery timeline.
  3. Shorter Hospital Stay: Rapid recovery often associated with a mini-pterional craniotomy can lead to a shorter duration of hospital stay.
  4. Preservation of Function: The mini-pterional technique ensures excellent visualization and access to the surgical site while causing minimal disruption to the surrounding brain tissue, potentially preserving cognitive and motor functions.

Our practice is committed to bringing the most recent and effective treatment options to our patients. The implementation of the mini-pterional craniotomy at John Muir Walnut Creek is a testament to this commitment, reflecting our dedication to patient-centered, state-of-the-art neurosurgical care.

If you or a loved one is dealing with a cerebrovascular condition and seeking the most progressive treatment solutions, we invite you to reach out to our practice and schedule a consultation with Dr. Yim. We are devoted to providing the high-quality neurosurgical care you deserve, helping you navigate your health journey with confidence and optimism.